Monthly Archives: December 2012

Change is the Constant

Change is the Constant

Reform is change and we forget the simple fact that change is the constant. The hard part is not necessarily the reform itself but our willingness to accept the process of a change in our daily life.  It doesn’t matter what profession you are in, change is a way of life. The following was an article from   The following article lists the steps to take in this delicate process. It sounds simple when listed as steps, but we all know that change is both complicated and complex.


How to Accept Change

Change happens all the time, but it can sometimes be difficult to accept. Since most people feel more comfortable with familiar people, places, ideas and situations than we do with unfamiliar ones, change can seem foreign. But just as change itself is a process, so is the gradual movement toward accepting it. The following steps can help guide you through the process, making change easier to accept.

  • Anticipate change. Since change is a natural part of life, expect things to change fairly often. This prepares you for change and prevents you from getting caught off-guard when it happens


  • View change as an opportunity for growth. Since growth can’t occur without change, look at change as a positive rather than a negative thing. See it as a means of developing personally, improving your circumstances and bettering your life.


  • Recognize that learning to accept change doesn’t happen all at once. Most people go through the following four stages before finally accepting a change: Denial, Resistance, Exploration and Commitment. So, give yourself the time you need to thoroughly deal with each stage and then move freely and naturally from one to the other.


  • Be flexible. Make the best of changes you can’t prevent, rather than wasting your energy fighting them. Channeling your energy in a positive direction gives you not just a greater sense of empowerment in handling the situation, but also greater control over the final outcome of the change.


  • Accept the change. Embrace the opportunity to break new ground. Welcome the chance to demonstrate your ability to face a challenge creatively. You’ll emerge from the experience stronger, wiser and more confident than you were before.

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Holiday Recipe

Recipe for Christmas All Year Long 

Take a heap of child-like wonder

That opens up our eyes

To the unexpected gifts in life—

Each day a sweet surprise.

Mix in fond appreciation

For the people whom we know;

Like festive Christmas candles,

Each one has a special glow.

Add some giggles and some laughter,

A dash of Christmas treats,

Amazing how a piece of pie

Improves our attitude!

Stir it all with human kindness;

Wrap it up in love and peace,

Decorate with optimism,

and our joy will never cease.

If we use this healthy recipe,

We know we will remember

To be in the Christmas spirit,

Even when it’s not December.

By Joanna Fuchs

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Name That Tune!

Want to try a play on words (songs) holiday game!  Maybe you can use this a fun family activity!

This was taken from Humor

Version 1.0  Have Fun!!

The following are alternate titles for well-known Christmas carols. Fill in the proper title in the

space provided. If you get 100% correct, you will be assured a full Christmas stocking! Have fun!!

1. Quadruped with crimson proboscis _______________________________________________

2. 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. without noise ____________________________________________________

3. Miniscule hamlet in the far east __________________________________________________

4. Ancient benevolent despot ______________________________________________________

5. Adorn the vestibule ____________________________________________________________

6. Exuberance directed to the planet ________________________________________________

7. Listen, aerial spirits harmonizing _________________________________________________

8. Monarchial trio _______________________________________________________________

9. Yonder in the haystack _________________________________________________________

10. Assemble, everyone who believes _________________________________________________

11. Hallowed post meridian ________________________________________________________

12. Fantasies of a colorless December 25th _____________________________________________________________________

13. Tin tintinnabulums ____________________________________________________________

14. A dozen 24-hour yule periods ___________________________________________________

15. Befell during the transparent bewitching hour ______________________________________

16. Homo sapien of crystallized vapor ________________________________________________

17. I merely desire a pair of incisors __________________________________________________

18. I spied my maternal parent osculating a fat man in red _______________________________

19. Perambulating through a December solstice fantasy _________________________________

20.Aloft on the acme of the abode __________________________________________________

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My blog was nominated for the Shine On and Reality Blog Award. Thank you for this nomination.  I am extremely grateful and honored. I know I am pretty new to the game, but I am enjoying the process each time I post.  is a wonderful site that you should also check into as you blog shop.


  1. Show appreciation of the blogger who nominated you and link back to them in your post
  2. Add the award logo to your blog
  3. Share 7 things about yourself
  4. Nominate 5 – 10 or so bloggers you admire
  5. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know
  6. Optional questions (This one I will forego for now to make it easier on everyone!)

Seven things about myself

1. I am married.
2. I have been a teacher, principal, a gifted and talented/writing resource teacher, a director of curriculum and instruction, and mentor coordinator.
3. Keep it is my first personal blogging experience.
4. I also write for various education topics.
5. I have two wonderful children.
6. Outside of education, I enjoy reading, listening to music, researching and searching the net, traveling, being with family and friends….
7. I am look forward and am open to the next adventure in education for myself

I am pleased to nominate the following blogs:


Please stop by Momsopinions site at

Thank you again, I really appreciate this nomination.


12 Days of Educational Technology

Even though I am “Very Thankful for”, everyone seems to be on the train of the 12 days of Christmas…Compliments of…..

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Gifts for Teachers

This list of Christmas Gifts was taken from  I really like the unique gift ideas for that special someone. Teachers will always appreciate a heart felt thought at this time of year.  I also appreciate that this site listed  inexpensive gifts.  May it help you in this time of shopping frenzy to get your child’s teacher that perfect gift!

Gifts for Teachers

It’s time to decide what to give your children’s teacher for Christmas. Sometimes it’s very hard to come up with a gift idea that’s  different and special. We’ve gathered some great ideas to help you make that decision easier. Enjoy!

Here’s a fabulous idea for your children’s teacher—The 12 days of Christmas.  Make up 12 little gifts for the teacher and let your child “sneek” them onto her desk without her knowing. I don’t know who will be more excited the child or the teacher!  Don’t you  love surprises! On the blog “How does She”  they give you a poem for each day that goes along with a little gift that the teacher needs and/or would love. You can use the quotes too.  The personalized metal container would also be great but a cute basket or box covered with scrapbook paper would work too.  These are inexpensive gifts, you wouldn’t want to break the bank!

How fun!  Santa-Tizer for the Teacher. You could put this in the 12 days of Christmas gift bag! Just cut out a red band of paper, a white scallop and a black strip for the belt. Don’t forget the silver buckle and you’re done!

I love this cute tag. Put it on any kind of hand sanitizer for something special for teacher.

Here’s another take on the hand sanitizer/soap for the Teacher.

Wishing you a warm and wonderful Christmas
We’re ‘ROOTING’ for you to have a happy holiday season and a wonderful new year!
May your Holidays be Popping
{Snickers Candy Bars in a Wisk} We ‘WISK’ we could do more, but don’t ‘SNICKER’, just be glad you got something!

The gifts above would be fun for teacher too and each one is under $2.00 according to the post. You can now afford to get some great gifts for teachers. Each one has a cute thought on the tag.

After doing some research, reading comments from actual teachers about what they would like to receive from their students at Christmas time…. I can tell you what may not be on their Christmas list this year…
1.  Anything having to do with apples-they’ve got enough of those over the years. 2.  Any knick knacks for their room or home 3. Coffee/Hot chocolate mugs are out-They have many of those too. 4. Candles are off their list too 5. World’s greatest teacher trophy etc.

What would they love to receive:
1. Gift certificates….Starbucks was the number one choice followed by Walmart, Target, Itunes and office supply stores so they can buy the things they use everyday.

Or you can use this idea: Get a clear pillow box (find them at XpedX, office supply, craft stores etc)  and fill with tinsel and gift card.

And one last idea for a gift card…..Isn’t it cute?
2. Wall Flowers (Bath & Body-Plug in scents to make their room smell nice)

3. Personalized Stationary 4. Reams of copy paper or scrapbook paper 5.  Gas credit cards 6. Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer 7.  Mechanical pencils 8. If they’re a sports fan get something from their favorite team 9. Any kind of school supplies are welcomed 10. Something they can use that’s personal for them, perhaps something related to a favorite hobby. 11.  And the easiest and most welcomed gift is simply a Card letting them how how you appreciate everything they’ve done for your child.  A heart-felt note would really make their Christmas special. 12. How about a coupon book? Coupons good for one hour of help in the classroom, Taking the teacher to lunch or any kind of help they need? Definitely would be appreciated.

Just include the teacher’s favorite candy bar!
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Job Search Engines

Another day in the life of an educator. Educators always have their eye on the options available in the education market. As you look on the web, the big question is what search engine should you choose or keep as a favorite as you do this exercise? I could compare this routine to strolling down the cereal aisle, as one stares and tries to determine which one is the best choice for a specific craving.   Then the next step an  educator has to take is the review of their current skills.  Are you qualified or not qualified?

As Heidi Klum, from Project Runway, would so eloquently say,  “ONE DAY YOU ARE IN AND THE NEXT DAY YOU ARE OUT”.


Here is one list of recommendations….

Best Job Search Engines

A comprehensive list of search engines that allow career seekers to find jobs, post resumes, and search for other employment opportunities online. Some of the web sites listed here only return positions that were posted specifically to each respective web site, while others aggregate them from various other places and display it in one central location. Employers can also use many these sites to list available openings at their company.

Top 10 Job Search Engines

Website Alexa Rank* Unique Visitors** 46 59.2 M 362 15.5 M 642 12 M 654 12.2 M 1944 3 M 2939 761 K 3779 538 K 4151 4.7 M 6442 854 K 8597 868 K

*Alexa Traffic Rank (global) – updated in 2012. **Monthly Unique Visitors are based on US visitor estimates only, as reported by Updates for 2013 coming soon. – Founded in 1995 by Craig Newmark, Craigslist originally started as an email distribution list with friends spotlighting local events in the San Francisco Bay Area. It then became a web-based service in 1996. Although it’s mostly a free online classifieds website, job ads are currently its primary source of revenue. Professionals can post resumes for free, but employers have to pay a small fee to submit current openings. – Launched late in 2004 by Paul Forster and Rony Kahan, Indeed is a worldwide meta-search engine for employment listings. Although they don’t offer typical job postings, they do allow resume uploads, and companies can advertise available positions through Pay-Per-Click (PPC) ads, which display above the meta search results. – Founded in 1994 and then launched in 1995 by Rob McGovern, CareerBuilder is currently the largest online employment website. It offers an education center and provides a number of different web tools, tests and calculators for employers and career seekers. It costs to post open positions, but your listing will get incredible exposure on what is arguably the best job search engine on the Internet. A business professional who is looking for work can post their resume for free. – Created in 1999 via a merger of two of the first ever online job boards, Monster is currently owned by Monster Worldwide, Inc. Considered the pioneer of digital recruiting in 1994, it’s still one of the most popular and innovative International job locators available. It offers a public career board, employment advice, community tools, and offers a number of other services such as resume writing. – Started in 2003 by Peter Weck and Gautam Godhwani, Simply Hired Inc, launched a beta-version in 2005. It aggregates jobs from numerous other sites across the Internet, including newspapers, boards, social networks, company pages and more. Employers don’t post standard listings directly on the site, but they can advertise sponsored ones right above and to the side of the standard search results. – Purchased by WebMediaBrands in 2007, MediaBistro is dedicated to helping people that create or work with content, or who is a non-creative professional working in a creative industry. It offers employment listings and recruiting for media professionals in journalism, book publishing, television, radio, public relations, graphic design, photography, and advertising. – Acquired in 1996 by Dice Holdings, Inc, this is a top career site for technology and engineering workers. The company has and extensive track record of meeting the needs of these types of individuals and organizations. Employers can post jobs, and career seekers can publish their resumes for free. – Founded in 1999 by Shawn Boyer, it went live on the Internet in mid-2000 and quickly became one of the leading online resources for hourly and salary employment seekers. It offers a number of resources, tools and tips for people needing work, as well as free postings and reasonably priced upgrades for busineses. It has also been named one of the 50 best small-companies to work for in the United States. – TheLadders is a comprehensive job-matching service that helps career-driven employees find the best jobs and connect with recruiters and employers that are right for their long-term goals. – A career portal offering a ton of information and tools for corporations and consumers. It provides a salary estimate wizard, calculators, educational material, training and certification advice, and business development center.

Please keep in mind these top 10 lists are based on Alexa Traffic Rank only, and do not represent our opinion regarding which website is better than another from a user’s perspective.

Some websites that were on the 2011 top ten list have been removed, while others may have been added for the first time.


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Following the Game

A good teacher must know the rules; a good pupil, the exceptions.  ~Martin H. Fischer